Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 May 2015 Events Newsletter 

May is Older Americans Month

Canned Food Drive for Rowan Helping Ministries

In acknowledgement of Older Americans Month, those attending the Senior Center or Lunch Club sites during May are asked to bring canned goods to benefit the Rowan Helping Ministries Food Pantry.

Service to Seniors  Awards Luncheon

Friday, May 8 at noon. Hosted by the Rowan County Council on Aging with sponsorship from Park Sterling Bank and Oak Park Retirement Center. Several individuals and organizations will be honored for exemplary service to older adults in our community. The luncheon is open to the public. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required by calling 704-216-7714 by May 1.

I-85 Luncheon

Monday, May 18 at 11:30am. In recognition of Older Americans Month, the center will host its eleventh annual luncheon to honor members of the community who are age 85 plus. Sponsored by Carillon Assisted Living, special entertainment will be provided. Free and open to those 85+ making advance reservations. Call 704-216-7714 for more information.

Bus Trip to Asheville

Thursday, May 28. Motor coach transportation leaves at 7:00 am enroute to Buncombe County. Our first stop will be at the Lexington Glassworks, a premier glassblowing gallery and studio. We will enjoy a live glassblowing demonstration and then have time to browse the gift shop that contains glass items priced for every pocketbook.Our next stop will be around the corner to the Woolworth Walk. There we will take a step back in time for a Dutch-treat lunch at The Soda Fountain, located in its original location and resembling the original Woolworth Luncheonette designed with a 1950's flair. It serves many original menu items such as egg creams, club sandwiches and old fashion ice cream sodas. Before and after lunch, you will have time to browse in the Woolworth Gallery which features more than 160 local artists. After lunch we're off to the NC Arboretum to enjoy the afternoon among the Bonsai Collection, Savage Garden Exhibit, and an array of flowers and botanical exhibits. On the way back we will stop for a short snack before returning to the Center around 6:30pm.


Cost is $40.00 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. You may pay by credit card as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.


New Classes 

AARP Driver Safety Class:   Wednesday, May 20 beginning at 12:30pm at the Senior Center. Sponsored by AARP for older drivers interested in a four-hour training class in refining existing driving skills and developing defensive driving techniques. Insurance discounts are available for those completing the course. Cost is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members, payable upon arrival for class. Space is limited, so you must pre-register by calling 704-216-7714.


Craft Class: Wednesday, May 6 at 9:30am with Kay Daniel. You will learn how to make adorable personalized gift bags for special occasions such as Mother's Day, Get Well, Thinking of You, or just as decoration. You will need to bring a small pair of scissors for this class. All other supplies will be provided by instructor. The cost is $6.50 for each gift bag that you wish to make.   Payment is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Register by calling 704-216-7714.


Create A Memorial Day /Patriotic Table Centerpiece: Tuesday, May 12 from 6:00-8:30pm. Learn to make a beautiful deco-mesh patriotic centerpiece for your table with Instructor Harry Hinson. Harry has been involved in floral design, event planning and wedding planning for over twenty years. You will take home your own centerpiece to use for Memorial Day or other holidays. All supplies will be provided to create either a basic or deluxe table centerpiece. Please register by calling 704-216-7714 by Thursday, May 7. Basic kit cost is $30. Deluxe kit is $45. Payment is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.


Essential Oils: Friday, May 22 at 9:30am.  Learn about using therapeutic grade essential oils to replace cleaning products with harsh chemicals, improve your health, for aromatherapy, to improve your food, your environment and much more.  Join Harry Hinson for this informative presentation.  A variety of essential oils will be on display for participants to view and test.  There is no charge for the class, but registration is requested by Wednesday, May 20.  Call 704-216-7714 to register.


Guitar Lessons: Four new classes available in May. On Monday, May 4 Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. On Tuesday, May 5 a new Absolute Beginner Guitar Class will start at 6:30pm.   Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight-week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class.   For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.   


Handmade Cards -Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714. 

Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm beginning January 5. $10 per session payable to the instructor.


Nutrition & Cooking Lessons - Three sessions: Friday, May 1; Friday, May 22; and Friday, May 29 from 12:30-2:00pm. Learn to cook, eat and understand good nutrition with Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant. Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to encourage healthier food choices. The classes involve cooking as well as eating the nutritional foods which are prepared.The cost is $12 per session, or $30 for all three classes, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.


Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.


New Computer Classes

Pre-register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Class participants may bring their own laptop, or use one provided by the Center. Please indicate your choice when registering. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.


What Do I Do with My Photos?  Thursday, May 7 from 5:30-8:30pm; or Friday, May 8 from 9:00am-12:00 noon. Do you have hundreds of pictures on your digital camera or cell phone? What are you doing with them? In this class, we will work with Picasa, a program which allows you to edit your photos in a variety of ways. Bring your laptop along with your camera or phone. You will also need either a memory card from your camera and/or the cords used to connect your device to the laptop.  This will be a good opportunity to prepare for your summer vacation pictures. Class Fee is $10.


Android Tablets:Tuesday, May 19 from 5:30-8:30pm. This class will allow you to become more comfortable using your Android-style tablet. In order to download apps, be sure you know any passwords already in use on your tablet. Class fee is $10.


iPad Class:   Wednesday, May 20 from 1:00-4:00pm. We will work with your iPad in learning basic operations, including downloading apps and tricks/hints to making use easier. You will need to know your passwords to your iPad and app store. Class fee is $10. 

Movie of the Month

Wednesday, May 27 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "Soul Surfer" with Anna Sophia Robb, Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid. Shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Rated PG-13. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390). 

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 27 12-4pm. Learn about exercise classes that Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has to offer on land or in our saltwater pool. There will be an opportunity to take mini-classes in gentle exercise, senior strength, or to play chair volleyball with a beach ball. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center will be providing bottled water and fresh fruit. Please note the times for special events:

12:00 - Gentle Beginner Exercise

12:30 - Senior Strength

1:00 - Seated Chair Volleyball

2:00 - Movie: "Soul Surfer" with free popcorn and drinks 

Health & Fitness Club

Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00pm. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center will have a chef, dietician and a wellness nurse on hand to share information on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, complete with taste-testing. Open to health-conscious men & women age 55 and better. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. 

Walk-Abouts Activities

Beginning in May, anyone who loves to walk is invited to join the Walk-About Club members at Granite Lake Park every Saturday at 10:00 am for a walk around the lake.  Additionally there will be a "Bojangles Breakfast Walk" on Wednesday, May 13. Interested walkers should meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:00 am for a walk to Bojangles and dutch-treat breakfast.   After breakfast, the group will return to the Center. The total walk will be approximately 2.5 miles. New walkers are always welcome. Please call 704-216-7714 if you plan to attend the "Bojangles Breakfast Walk".   There is no need to register for the Saturday morning walks. 

Outdoor Adventure Club Trip to Tanglewood Park

Friday, May 22. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am to carpool to Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC for hiking or horseback riding.Horseback riding costs $30 for a 45-55 minute ride. There are only 7 horses so the first 7 to sign up for the horseback riding will get to ride. There are hiking options for those who do not wish to go horseback riding.   Join Beth Foreman for a moderate 2-3 mile hike or walk at your own pace and enjoy the gardens. Bring water, a snack and $3 to pay the car pool driver. If you register for horseback riding bring an additional $30.   Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed.   To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, May 6 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

New Exercise Classes

For more information, or to register for a fitness class, call 704-216-7714.


Beginners Gentle Exercise: Begins Monday, May 4 at 2:30pm. Join other seniors who would like to start a gentle exercise program. This class will be geared towards beginners who are not exercising normally, or who feel the desire to get started exercising again. The class will meet one day a week on Mondays, for 45 minutes. Participants must be a member of the Center and meet with a Fitness Trainer to join this class. Cost is $10.00 for the six-week class.  


Cardio Mini Series: BeginsTuesday, May 5 at 5:30pm. PiYo is back on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May! Join other seniors and get a great cardio workout with Fitness Trainer Angela.   PiYo is a mix of Pilates and Yoga which strengthens your core, back, legs and arms. Participants must be a member of the Center and meet with a Fitness Trainer to join this class. Cost is $15.00 per month. 

On-Going Exercise ClassesClass Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714. 

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except May 25

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm

Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, May 1 at 10:30am

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, May 4 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, May 4 at noon

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, May 7 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, May 7 at 1:00pm

Military Officers Association - Monday, May 11 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, May 11 at 2:00pm

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, May 14 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, May 14 at 6:30pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, May 18 at 10:00am

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, May 19 at noon

Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel Assoc - Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30am

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday, May 21 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, May 21 at 7:00pm

Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Caring for Caregivers Alzheimer's Support Group

Thursday, May 28 at 5:30pm. The monthly meeting features a light meal with an expert speaker in the Alzheimer's arena who will discuss specific topics and answer questions. There is also an opportunity for roundtable discussions of caregiver needs. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, Carillon Assisted Living, Lutheran Senior Services, and Magnolia Gardens Extended Care Community. For additional information contact Teresa Dakins at 704-788-3399.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available each month to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That



Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 


JOIN US FOR CHAIR VOLLEYBALL EVERY FRIDAY AT 1:00pm. SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD will be held on Friday, May 1 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.



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